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BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Let's get 1080p first

Our current 720p and 1080i is horrible looking and overcompressed. Let's get that fixed, and move to 1080p before we even think about 4K. Adding more pixels won't help when the compression is so bad.

MURICA

join:2013-01-03
That will never happen.

4K is the jumpstart required to get good looking 1080p via cable.

BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
The problem is that most people don't care. I've heard many people say they don't even notice the difference between SD and HD. WTF? Although I would have to say that while it was a lot softer, I was watching a DVD screener rip of a new movie the other day, and that was a better experience than HDTV with all the compression artifacts.

Bandwidth is the issue. The cable providers can't handle more than a channel or three of 4K, if they could even do a decent 38mbps 4K stream (they probably could with MPEG-4). They could do good quality 1080i and 720p, they just don't want to spend the money to get into 1ghz systems and SDV when the majority of their customers don't pay any attention to the video quality.